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Found Things

Untitled The kids and I have found a new favorite activity. I know it is a favorite because every night when I lay them down to sleep and ask what their favorite part of the day was, they say FOUND THINGS!!!

We’ve been preparing for our Earth Day project. I knew I wanted it to be something we could all participate in and something that would really help the kids to understand what it was that we were doing and why we were doing it. We talk a lot about the environment and the various ways we can do our part, but these are usually things we do in our home or in our local community.

This brings us to the Found Things. The project we’ve been doing in all of our spare time — traveling to and visiting as many outdoor spaces as we can, collecting “found things”. Found things can be anything really, neat little doo dads we find on the ground — bottle caps, squirt bottle tops, shiny things, round things, square things, you name it. Anything we find in nature that is not natural. We keep one bag for found things we want to use in our art project and another for just plain old trash we find along the way. While we’re out, we talk about the birds and the trees and the soil and the Earth and how they all work together. How everything in nature has a purpose and a place and how these “found things” don’t really belong there in the first place. We make sure to emphasize how important it is that we never discard items outside that don’t belong there.

Nature is beautiful. i love the way they see this, but now they are starting to understand how it all works together. The dots are connecting because we started composting this year, it has turned out to be a great learning opportunity. They are starting to understand all the things that can and can not be composted, and it has really translated for them to this experience as well.
Untitled These quiet moments together, outdoors, seeking and sharing have really made a difference in the way we are interacting with one another at home too. Our forest walks have taken me back to another time and place, back when I was a child on the Carolina coast searching for shark’s teeth. This may have been my favorite activity of all time and I love being able to bring that sense of wonderment and calm and mindfulness to my children. We plan to keep up our favorite new past time and I hope as they get older they will think back with fond memories of our time in the forests searching for “found things”.

Do you think you’ll try a “found things” walk with your kids?

Next up, Phase 2 of Found Things — the art project.

Stacy

Stacy is seeing the world in a whole new way – through the eyes of her children. She writes about the little things, the big things and all the “stuff” in between at Kids Stuff World.

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14 thoughts on “Found Things”

  • Love love love your blog. I am stopping by from the blog hop party but I think I will stay as a follower. Have a great weekend and have fun with the kiddos. We love to do lots of crafts at our house too. My kids love to go on walks and pickup all kinds of rocks and other “cool” things.

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  • What a lovely story, Stacy! We go on short/long walks with our son every day. Currently he likes sticks, rocks and looking at worms. Yesterday we went out to the country with some friends to observe frogs–I couldn’t believe how TINY they were. Only measuring between a half inch to 1 inch! Looking forward to seeing the art projects.

  • What a great idea! You take beautiful pictures, too! Thanks for stopping by famiglia&seoul to enter our giveaway! I can’t wait to see the creation made with all of your “found things!” :)

  • This is such a lovely idea! My older daughter an I already enjoy collecting Earthly treasures while on our nature walks. This is such a fun way to teach little ones about loving the Earth, what belongs, and what doesn’t. We will definitely be incorporating this into our walks :)

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